40 German Dog Names for Girls

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Whether you want to commemorate your German ancestors, adore German culture (and its delectable cuisine! ), or are bringing home a German-bred dog—such as a German Shepherd, Rottweiler, or Pinscher—Germany has generated a plethora of fascinating, distinctive female dog names. Check out some of our favorite German-inspired names for your new Hund!

Top German Names for Female Dogs

  • Ada: If your new dog has a sweet, gentle personality, consider naming her Ada—it means "kind" and "noble."
  • Astrid: Derived from the German compounds for "divine strength" and "divine beauty," this name is ideal for a dog that boasts bronze and beauty.
  • Elsa: Any name that means "noble" is suitable for the canine queen of your household, but this moniker will get you double points if your kids are obsessed with Frozen.
  • Lotti: Short, cute, and easy-to-hear (more on that later!), Lotti means "little woman." Perfect for a smaller-sized dog, right?
  • Matilda: Meaning "mighty in battle," Matilda is fitting for a rough-and-tumble girl dog. Plus, Tillie and Tilda are super cute nicknames!
  • Milla: Mia has been an incredibly popular name—for dogs and humans—for years upon years. Why not switch it up with a unique, German-inspired variation?
  • Nia: Another short and cute name, Nia is perfect for a bright doggy. Why? It literally means "bright"!
  • Sascha: If your dog acts like a watchdog—or just loves to watch birds from her spot at a window—name her Sascha. It means "defender of mankind."
  • Winifred/Winnie: Got a cuddler on your hands? Winifred—and its sweet nickname, Winnie—means "peaceful friend."
  • Zelda: Meaning "battle maid", you can take some inspiration from your favorite childhood video game.

Tips for Naming Your New Dog

Prepping for a new dog is a lot of effort, from buying for new supplies—like a comfy dog bed, interesting toys, and high-quality kibble—to preparing your home and enrolling in puppy or doggy school. And there's more. You must choose a name that you and the entire family will adore for many years. Have you felt the pressure yet?

We understand that picking the ideal name for your new puppy is a difficult undertaking. It's critical to pick a name that reflects your dog's distinct personality and features while still being short, simple, and easy to remember. Don't know where to start? Here's what we recommend:

  • Opt for names that are one to two syllables and contain hard consonants. These names will be easier for your dog to hear and understand.
  • Avoid names that could sound like commands. Think: "sit" and Kit, or "down" and "Brown."
  • Choose a name that's easy for humans to hear, understand, and spell, too. Remember: Your friends, family, and veterinarian will being saying and writing your new dog's name for years to come.
  • Avoid "funny" or embarrassing names. If you would feel uncomfortable shouting your dog's name across the park, don't use it.

Dog Names Inspired by German Food

If you consider yourself a foodie—or, specifically, a German foodie!—look no further than your favorite German restaurant's menu for some serious dog naming inspiration.

  • Bock: A lager beer with German origins.
  • Brezel: The German word for "pretzel."
  • Dumpling: A staple in German cuisine. (The German word for "dumpling"—Knödel—may be a little too tricky!)
  • Kuchen: A cake.
  • Schnapps: A flavored, distilled spirit that's beloved in Germany.
  • Spaetzle: A type of pasta made with fresh eggs and covered in melted cheese.
  • Strudel: A flaky pastry that's typically stuffed with fruit.
  • Waffel: You guessed it—Waffel is the German word for "waffle"!

Dog Names Inspired by German Culture and History

From classical music, to classical literature, to luxury cars, German culture and history has tons of inspiration for your new dog's name.

  • Bach: A world-renowned German composer, Johann Sebastian Bach is one of history's most influential musicians.
  • Heidi: The main character in the famous children's story Heidi: Her Years of Wandering and Learning.
  • Gretel: The sister from the world-known fairytale, Hansel and Gretel.
  • Margaretha/Margie: The true name of Snow White (according to the author, Eckhard Sander) from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.
  • Mercedes & Porsche: If you love cars, these should be no-brainers. It's well-known that Germany produces many luxury vehicles.

More German-Inspired Names for Female Dogs

  • Alpina
  • Beatrix
  • Britta
  • Elke
  • Esther/Esty
  • Gisela
  • Greta
  • Hessia
  • Ilse
  • Ingrid
  • Marta
  • Petra
  • Sabine
  • Suzie

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